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  • Independent panel to handle claims on Swiss bank accounts

    JERUSALEM, June 8 (JTA) — Jewish groups and Swiss banks have taken a significant step toward returning the assets from unclaimed accounts that were opened by Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. The World Jewish Restitution Organization and the Swiss Bankers Association agreed to set up an independent panel to handle requests from Holocaust survivors or their…

  • Swiss government to manage bank-financed Holocaust fund

    BERN, Feb. 12 (JTA) — Swiss Jewish leaders are giving a mixed response to their government’s decision to formally establish a fund to compensate Holocaust victims and their families. The Federation of Jewish Communities in Switzerland, the communal umbrella group, welcomed what it described as the “quick” decision of the Swiss government to establish the…

  • Extremist Swiss legislator denounces Holocaust fund

    ZURICH, March 3 (JTA) — In a speech laced with anti-Semitic references, a right-wing member of the Swiss Parliament has lashed out against his country’s decision to endorse a memorial fund for needy Holocaust survivors. Addressing a rally here Saturday, Christoph Blocher also said that Switzerland had no reason to apologize for doing business with…

  • Swiss party launches campaign against efforts to aid survivors

    ZURICH, May 5 (JTA) — Switzerland’s Jewish community is reacting with alarm to a new campaign launched by the Popular Party aimed at undermining public support for two Swiss funds created to help needy Holocaust survivors. “Blackmail is disgusting and ugly,” reads one poster that was posted at key intersections here by the right-wing party,…

  • Surge in Swiss anti-Semitism linked to compensation effort

    ZURICH, Feb. 13 (JTA) — Swiss Jews are confronting a mounting wave of anti-Semitism in the wake of international pressure on Switzerland to compensate Holocaust victims and their heirs for funds deposited in Swiss banks during the World War II era. At the same time, however, Swiss Jews have found support from a largely sympathetic…

  • Swiss officials seek to end D’Amato’s critical statements

    ZURICH, March 3 (JTA) — A two-sentence statement issued by U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-N.Y.) regarding Switzerland’s wartime role has elicited sharp condemnations from Swiss government officials. “The world has already rendered its verdict: The Swiss were guilty. We’re now debating the penalty, and the penalty should fit the crime,” the chairman of the Senate…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Switzerland may backtrack on compensating survivors

    ZURICH, May 18 (JTA) — None of the funds from a $5 billion humanitarian foundation should go to needy Holocaust survivors, according to a spokesman for the Swiss Finance Ministry. The spokesman”s comment last Friday, which threw into doubt what may have been a source of significant financial support for survivors, came a day after…

  • $5 billion Swiss proposal hailed, but legal obstacles stand in way

    ZURICH, March 5 (JTA) — Jews around the world are applauding a surprise Swiss proposal for a $5 billion humanitarian fund, but it is far from certain if and when the moneys would be distributed. In a stunning announcement Wednesday before the Swiss Parliament, President Arnold Koller proposed that his country devote $5 billion from…

  • Swiss reaction to U.S. report elicits mixed Jewish response

    BERN, May 26 (JTA) — Jewish leaders are giving a mixed response to the Swiss government’s reaction to a U.S. report that was sharply critical of Switzerland’s wartime dealings with the Nazis. Switzerland last week acknowledged that it entered into “questionable deals” with the Third Reich, but denied that the country helped prolong World War…

  • U.S. report provokes debate among Swiss on wartime role

    ZURICH, May 11 (JTA) — A debate has erupted in Switzerland in the wake of a U.S. report that harshly criticized the country’s wartime dealings with the Nazis. The 200-page report, released May 7 in Washington by U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce Stuart Eizenstat, included charges that Swiss purchases of Nazi-looted gold helped prolong the Third…